COLUMBIA — The White House has approved South Carolina's request for federal disaster relief after last month's storm that caused more than $430 million in damage.
The White House announced on Wednesday that President Obama signed the declaration. Gov. Nikki Haley made the request for 21 of the state's 46 counties last week.
The declaration means federal funding is available to state and local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged between Feb. 10 and Feb. 14. Counties included in the declaration are Aiken, Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Berkeley, Calhoun, Chesterfield, Clarendon, Colleton, Dillon, Dorchester, Edgefield, Florence, Georgetown, Hampton, Horry, Marion, Orangeburg, Saluda, Sumter and Williamsburg.
W. Craig Fugate, administrator for the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Department of Homeland Security, named Joe M. Girot as the federal coordinating officer for federal recovery operations in the affected area.
FEMA said additional designations may be made at a later date if requested by the state and warranted by the results of further damage assessments.
The storm left up to an inch of ice that snapped trees and branches across a wide swath of the state and dumped up to 8 inches of snow in the Upstate.